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Kosovo Makes Albania's Independence Day A Non-Working Day


Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj (file photo)

Kosovo has declared neighboring Albania's independence day a non-working day.

A government statement on November 23 said that Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had made November 28 a "day of Albanians…to respect historical and cultural values and good family and social traditions."

The move could increase tensions with neighboring Serbia, from which Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008.

Belgrade has accused Albania and Kosovo of seeking to create a "Greater Albania," an accusation that has been repeatedly denied.

Kosovo's population of some 1.8 million is predominantly ethnic Albanian.

With reporting by AP
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